5 Ways to Get More Sleep

By Brad Gillman
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Sleeping problems are frustrating and can have a negative effect on your mind and your body. Research shows that a lack of sleep can contribute to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and risk for strokes. It’s important to rest your body and mind. To see the daily recommendations or learn more about the importance of sleep, visit the Intermountain LiVe Well site.

Kindergarten Registration Begins Soon, Are Your Kids Up-To-Date on Vaccinations?

By Tamara Sheffield, MD
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It may seem like fall is a long way off, but most Utah school districts start kindergarten registration in February. For parents, this means collecting birth certificates and other important information, including vaccination records.

In Utah, children are required by law to be protected against certain childhood illnesses through immunization.  This not only protects the child, but helps to create a “wall of immunity” among those that can’t be vaccinated. If there are enough people that are protected against a disease due to vaccination, it means that a disease has a very hard time getting a start in a community. It is kind of like keeping surfaces in your home clean – if there is nowhere for disease to grow and thrive, it will die off when it has no place to go.

Can We Eat Meat? The Answer May Surprise You.

By Brady White
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Last month the federal government released updated Dietary Guidelines designed to give Americans guidance on what constitutes a healthy diet. The nutritional advice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services is designed to reduce rates of obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions.

Your Heart Wants (Needs) More Sleep!

By Intermountain Healthcare
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Practically everyone wishes they were getting more and better sleep, mostly because it feels so good and life goes more smoothly when you feel rested. Those are compelling reasons to take steps to improve your sleep hygiene (as it’s called) right there – but when you look at the strong connection between a good “sleep life” and a healthy heart, going to bed earlier, starting tonight, should move to the top of your “to-do” list!